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2019 (Oct.) — Mimesis and Sacrifice: Applying Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines, Marcia Pally, Ed. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
The book’s central questions emerge from Rene Girard’s mimetic theory: does the social character of human living make it mimetic; does mimesis inevitably yield society-rending competition as people strive for the same things? And must this aggression be defused by aggressive sacrificial/scapegoating rituals? An alternative might be that the human condition is social and so includes evolutionary preferences for cooperation and sacrifice for the common good. Given this range of possibilities, can we build into our morés and law societally productive forms of sacrifice that would allow for greater human flourishing?
To answer these questions, we present researchers from Europe, Africa, North America and Latin America working in academia, the military, and in religious orders of the three Abrahamic faiths. Contributors include Wolfgang Palaver, John Milbank, Ilia Delio OSF, Hassan Rachik, and Anna Mercedes, among others. The volume develops new theory on the meaning of sacrifice and explores its application for today’s economics, politics, military, science, gender studies, and Abrahamic faiths.
2016 – Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, politics, and theologies of relationality. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing.
Selected by the United Nations committee on Education for Justice for distribution to their partner institutions worldwide.
Nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
This volume applies a triad of intellectual history, philosophy, and theologies of relationality (in both the Christian and Jewish traditions) to an ontology for economic and political policy. What is lacking in addressing present problems is not more economic formulas but a paradigm shift to a new ontology: separability-amid-situatedness or distinction-amid-relation. We are separate, singular beings yet also creatures of inter-dependent impact, who must see to the layered relationships that allow each person to become who she is. Distinction-amid-relation is described in three ways: by looking at those claimed to oppose it (who hold to a separated, “selfish gene” human condition); by drawing on evolutionary biology, psychology, and philosophy; and in theological voice, by exploring contemporary theologies of relationality as they draw on both Christian and Jewish traditions. Chapters on covenant, Trinity, grace/gift, and salvation/messiah orchestrate these voices into a rigorous framework for the economic and political future–for both who take these as truth and those who take them as illuminating image.
2011, Nov. – America’s New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good. Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans Publishing.
Since the late 19th century, secularization has been theorized as a linchpin of liberal democracy. Yet given the number of world believers–600 million Buddhists, 800 million Hindus, 1.5 billion Muslims, and 2.3 billion Christians–if secularization theory is correct, the prognosis for democracy is bleak. This book explores political ethics and practices where religious life and liberal democracy are vibrant. The case study describes recent shifts in America’s evangelical communities among those who have left the Right and moved towards an anti-militarist, anti-consumerist activism focusing on economic justice, environmental protection, inter-faith and inter-racial dialogue, and church-state separation. Source materials include books, blogs, newsletters, sermons, and in-depth interviews across the U.S. and demographic range. The book includes a typology of groups involved and interviews with leaders and lay people, from firemen to evangelical consultants to President Obama.
Oct. 2010–Die neuen Evangelikalen: Freiheitsgewinne durch fromme Politik (Berlin University Press). [“New evangelicals”: Liberal democracy through devout faith.]
A re-working of America’s New Evangelicals for the German public, this book is not a translation of the US version but an independent monograph. The presentation of material takes into account German religio-political history and present debates about religion, immigration, economics and politics, and it discusses the relationship between faith and liberal democracy from this specific perspective.
Oct. 2009 –Liebeserklärungen aus Kreuzberg und Manhattan (Berlin University Press, 2009) [Loveletters from Kreuzberg and Manhattan: Notes on politics and plumbing in Europe and America since 1989]
This volume is a compilation of essays and satirical pieces written over a twenty year period encompassing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the post-9/11 era. It looks at political and cultural change in the U.S. and Europe and how they make themselves felt in daily living.
Oct., 2008 –Die Hintergruendige Religion: Der Einfluss des evangelikalismus auf Gewissensfreiheit, Pluralismus, und US-amerikanische Politik. [Religion Behind the Scenes: The contribution of evangelicalism to freedom of conscience, pluralism and US politics]. Berlin University Press.
Though freedom of conscience and church-state separation are generally considered children of the secular Enlightenment, Die Hintergruendige Religion explores the development of these key democratic features by ardent believers. That is, it traces the religious argument for freedom of conscience and church-state separation, first among the devout in Europe and then in the US, especially among evangelicals, who were at the vanguard of these issues since the colonial era. The book then looks at the results of this religious tradition using the case study of Muslim-Americans—the unintended beneficiaries of evangelical traditions. Relative to Europe, Muslims in the US experience greater participation in the US economy, politics, and society, even after the September 11th attacks.
March, 2008–Warnung vor dem Freunde: Tradition und Zukunft amerikanischer AuBenpolitik [Friendly Warnings: The traditions and future of US foreign policy]. Parthas Verlag.
A discourse analysis of U.S. political language and the language used by American evangelicals provides the basis for exploring evangelicalism’s influence on the deep structure of US foreign policy from the colonial era till the present.
2003, (second edition, 2005) – Lob der Kritik: Warum die Demokratie nicht auf ihren Kern verzichten darf. [Critique Abandoned: The ceding of Democracy]. Second edition, with new Epilogue. Berlin Verlag/Random House.
Lob der Kritik explores the relationship between democracy and critical thinking: premises of democratic, representative government require that men and women think critically about the circumstances of the day in order to check the state and vote wisely for their representatives. This volume investigates what critical thinking is and, in eight case studies, examines the conditions under which it is abandoned, why, what is substituted instead, what the consequences for democracy are.
2000 – Sustained Content-Based Teaching in Academic ESL/EFL. (Ed.). Boston, Houghton-Mifflin. This book explores the benefits to ESL/EFL learners (all skill areas) of content-based instruction, where a unit of study is sustained over time. Ten case studies are examined.
1997 — Screening English: Studying Movies for Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking. White Plains, NY: Pearson Publishing. A discussion and demonstration of the use of film criticism to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of ESL/EFL learners.
1994 — Sex & Sensibility: Reflections on Forbidden Mirrors and the Will to Censor. Hillsdale, NJ: Ecco Press. Finalist for the Mencken Award of the Free Press Association; nominated for the American Association of Gender and Genital Medicine and Science Biennial Award and for the Medal of Liberty Award of the ACLU.
An investigation into the effects of language and imagery on conduct (in the psychological, sociological, and criminological literatures in the US and cross-culturally) is used to assess the proposition that censorship reduces anti-social and violent behavior.
2020 (forthcoming) – Why Vote Against Best Interests or Why is Populism Persuasive? in Torsten Meireis, Florian Hoehne (Eds.), Religion and Neo-Nationalism in Europe, Baden-Baden: Nomos Press.
2019 – “Sacrifice amidst Covenant: From abuse to gift,” In, Mimesis and Sacrifice: Applying Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines, Marcia Pally, Ed. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
2019 – Introduction to Mimesis and Sacrifice: Applying Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines, Marcia Pally, Ed. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
2017 – More than a resource: Covenant as a basis for societal organization. In, Religion and Democracy: Challenges and Resources in a Public Theological Perspective, Torsten Meireis and Rolf Schieder (Eds.), BadenBaden, Germany: Nomos Press, pp. 71-88.
2016 American ‘New Evangelicals’ – Those who have left the right. Die Zwischengesellschaft. BadenBaden, Germany: Nomos Press, pp. 119-130.
2014 Theologien der Beziehung: Neues Gleichgewicht zwischen den Brüchen und Freiheiten der Moderne [Theologies of Relationality to Balance the Fractures and Freedoms of our Day]. Proceedings of the Oct. 27-39, 2013 Conference of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Berlin, Germany: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, pp. 17-28.
2014 The Hebrew Bible is a problem set. In Die Gewalt des einen Gottes: Die Monotheismus Debatte. R. Schieder (Ed.), pp. 218-248, (Berlin, Germany: Berlin University Press).
2011 Devout support for the secular state: Shifts in American evangelicalism. Autonomie durch Interdepedenz? Religion in Wirtschaft, Politik und Kultur. Zentrum fuer Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik and Nomos Verlag.
2009 The Influence of Religion on Foreign Policy in Germany and the US: Benefit or Burden. AICGS German-American Issues 09: Religion and public policy: A German-American comparison. Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Contemporary Germany Studies
2008 Brian de Palma and Marcia Pally. In Contemporary Literary Criticism, J. Hunter (Ed.). Gale Cengage Learning, Vol. 237, pp. 147-155
2007 Religion Expressed, Religion Submerged: Evangelicalism’s historical influence on the deep structure of US foreign policy . In: Religion und Politik in Deutschland und den USA: Traditionelle Differenzen und neue Herausforderungen. Reihe: Religion – Staat – Kultur Interdisziplinäre Studien aus der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. [Religion and politics in Germany and the USA: Traditional differences and new challenges. In the series: Religion, State, Culture, Inter-disciplinary Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin]. D. Pruin, R. Schieder, J. Zachuber, Editors. Munich: LIT publishers. http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-8258-9622-5.
2006 Berlin Remembrances. In Lucy Jones (Ed.) This is Berlin/Das ist Berlin. Berlin: Feierabend Press.
2005 Language and Cultural Identity in Europe and the US. In Ruediger Fikentscher (Ed.). Culture in Europe [Kultur In Europa], pp. 59-76, Halle, Germany: Mitteldeutscherverlag Press.
The politics of passion: Pedro Almodovar and the camp esthetic. In Paula Willoquet- Maricondi (Ed.), Pedro Almodovar. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi.
2003 Order vs. Chaos: The films of Peter Greenaway. Contemporary Literary Criticism, 159. Gale Research
2003 Object of the Game. In Kerry Gaertner (Ed.), Multicultual Film, A Reader. Boston, MA: Pearson.
2003 Double Trouble. In Laurence Knapp (Ed.), Brian de Palma Interviews. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi.
2002 The power of women: Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Bianca Jagger [Die Macht der Frauen: Arthur Schlesinger Jr. und Bianca Jagger] . In Helga Colle Tiz (Ed.), Vogue Gespraech. Munich, Germany: Conde Nast Verlag.
2001 Dance with Specialness [Tanz mit der Besonderheit]. In Petra Steinberger (Ed.), The Finkelstein Debate [Die Finkelstein-Debatte]. Munich, Zurich: Piper Verlag.
2001 Sex and Sensibility. In: Sexual violence: Opposing viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press.
2000 Sustaining Interest/Advancing Learning: Sustained Content-Based Instruction in ESL/EFL — Theoretical Background and Rationale. In M. Pally (Ed.), Sustained Content-Based Teaching in Academic ESL/EFL: A Practical Approach. Boston, Houghton-Mifflin
2000 Film & Society: A Course for Analyzing Readings, Writing and Critical Thinking. In M. Pally (Ed.). Sustained Content-Based Teaching in Academic ESL/EFL: A Practical Approach. Boston, Houghton-Mifflin
1993 Cincinnati: City Under Siege. In G. Beahm (Ed.). War of words. Andrews and McMeel, MO: Kansas City.
1993 Sense & Censorship: The vanity of bonfires. In G. Beahm (Ed.). War of words. Andrews and McMeel , MO: Kansas City.
In addition to the articles listed below, Professor Pally has written for The New York Times, Religion and Ethics, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, The Guardian, The Nation, Internationale Politik (German Council on Foreign Relations), Tikkun, Index on Censorship, Z Papers, Film Comment, Cineaste, die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Suedduetsche Zeitung, Merkur, die Tageszeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspeigel, Frankfurter Rundschau, Welt am Sontag, Cicero magazine, die Weltwoche and Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland), among other publications.
2020 (forthcoming, Nov/Dec 2020), “Philosophical Questions and Biological Findings: Part I: Human Cooperativity, Competition, and Aggression,” Zygon.
2020 (forthcoming, Nov/Dec 2020), “Philosophical Questions and Biological Findings: Part II: Play, Art, Ritual, and Ritual Sacrifice, Zygon.
2020 summer, “We are Waiting for Godot, But It Is We Who May Never Arrive: Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Theodicy,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 32, nr. 2.
2020 (forthcoming), “Circling the Wagons or Opening the Circle,” Dialog.
2020 (forthcoming), “A Baseline for Economics: Covenant, Trinity, Evolution,” Political Theology Network.
2020 (forthcoming), “Book Review: Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer Theologians for a Post-Christian World by Wolf Krötke, Translated by John P. Burgess, Baker Academic,” Commonweal.
2020, May 24,”Our Post-pandemic Future: What Basics Should Be Its Basis?” Religion & Ethics, https://www.abc.net.au/religion/marcia-pally-what-basics-should-be-the-basis-of-our-post-pandem/12280752
2020 Feb., “Mimetic Violence: As Old as Cain but not as Old as Adam?” COV&R: The Bulletin of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, https://violenceandreligion.com/bulletin-63-february-2020/#Book2.
2020, “Why is Populism Persuasive? Populism as Expression of Religio-Cultural History with the U.S. and U.S. evangelicals as a case study,” Political Theology, DOI: 10.1080/1462317X.2020.1740145. https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317X.2020.1740145.
2019, Dec. 4, “Protestants and American conservatism: A short history,” Book Review, Political Theology, DOI: 10.1080/1462317X.2019.1696795. To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317X.2019.1696795
2019, Nov. “Evangelical Christians. Support for Trump and American Populism” in Theologische Literaturzeitung, 11, pp. 1084-1102, http://www.thlz.com/artikel/21154/?recherche=%26o%3Da%26autor%3DPally%26s%3D1%23r3.
2019, May 3, “Relational Views of Humanness: The Reciprocity of Ontos and Telos,” in Studies in Christian Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946819847958.
2019 March 29 (Adrian Pabst, co-author), “A ‘Social Imaginary’ of the Commons: Its Ontology and Politics,” Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics, Vol. 5, Number 1, pp. 1–24.
2018 Dec.. “The Invention of the Antichrist: Karl Barth, Erich Przywara, & The Analogy of Being,” Commonweal, 145 (20), pp. 10-13.
2018 May 3, “Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic,” Religion and Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2018/05/03/4838732.htm.
2018, “Resurrection of the Repressed: How Populism Works – An American Case Study,” Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 1, pp. 103-122.
2018, Review: “Becoming Interreligious: Towards a dialogical theology from a Jewish vantage point,” by Ephraim Meir (Waxmann Publishing, 2017), Da’at: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah, 85, 2018, LXIX-LXXII
2018 Spring, “Peculiar Relations of Affectability: Peirce and Royce as resources for the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.”, Telos, 182, Spring, pp. 161-182.
2018 Feb., Review: “Still Christian—Following Jesus out of American Evangelicalism, by David Gushee” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2017). Commonweal, https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/you-can-go-home-again
2017 June 8, “A Tale of Two Covenants: Can America be Localist Without Being Exclusionary?”, Religion and Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2017/06/08/4682778.htm.
2017 May 10, “Ineffectual Solutions of the Past Offer No Escape from the Neoliberal-Tribal Binary of the Present,” Religion and Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2017/05/10/4666565.htm
2017 April 27, “Asymmetric Warfare: The First Three Thousand Years,” Telos, http://www.telospress.com/asymmetric-warfare-the-first-three-thousand-years/
2017 March 16, “Forgive Us Our Trespasses? The Economics of the Lord’s Prayer,” Religion and Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2017/03/16/4637260.htm.
2017 (March 14), “Forgive us our Trespasses?” Christian Living. http://livingchurch.org/forgive-us-our-trespasses
2017 (March 7), “Hardwired for generosity,” Commonweal. https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/hardwired-generosity
2016, Dec., “Recognition as Societal Glue: Theologies of Relationality as a regulatory principle,” Evangelische Theologie, Vol. 76, Issue 6, pp. 451-461; https://doi.org/10.14315/evth-2016-0608
2016 March 9, “The apocalyptic images at the heart of Trump mania,” Religion News Service,
2016 March 1, “Clinton vs. Sanders Isn’t About Policy. It’s about Power,” Religion Dispatches. http://religiondispatches.org/clinton-vs-sanders-isnt-about-policy-its-about-power/
2015 December 18, “False Saviors: Trump, Cruz, and the Gospel of the Quick Fix,” Religion Dispatches. http://religiondispatches.org/false-saviors-trump-cruz-and-the-gospel-of-the-quick-fix/.
2015 Dec. 16, “Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns,” Religion News Service. http://religionnews.com/2015/12/16/analyzing-americas-vigilante-love-affair-guns-commentary/.
2015 Dec. 9, “The tragedy and futility of Trumped-up solutions,” Religion News Service. http://religionnews.com/2015/12/09/the-tragedy-of-trump-commentary-muslims-poll-economy-wars/.
2015 Dec. 2, “Love them as Yourself” God’s Words or Ikea Instructions? Religion Dispatches, http://religiondispatches.org/love-them-as-yourself-gods-words-or-ikea-instructions/.
2105 Nov. 27, “Are humans wired for violence? Evolutionary biology begs to differ,” Religion News Service, http://religionnews.com/2015/11/27/human-wired-violence-religion-evolutionary-biology-commentary/#comment-4830412.
2015 Nov. 16, “Note to GOP Voters: ‘Political Freedom’ Comes with Social Responsibility,”Religion Dispatches, http://religiondispatches.org/note-to-gop-voters-political-freedom-comes-with-social-responsibility/.
2015 Nov. 11, “GOP Debate Invokes Lincoln-Roosevelt Gospel: Candidates Take Turns Trampling It,” Religion Dispatches, http://religiondispatches.org/gop-debate-invokes-lincoln-roosevelt-gospel-candidates-take-turns-trampling-it/.
2015 Nov. 4, “We have a right to pigheaded ideas. Now what should we do?” Religion News Service, http://religionnews.com/2015/11/04/right-pigheaded-ideas-now-commentary/.
2015 (Spring, Summer), “Der praktische Suendenbock [The pragmatic scapegoat],” Religion, 24, pp. 8-11, Halle an der Saale, Germany: German Federal Cultural Foundation.
2013 March 1, “Theologies of Relationality: A Response to Economic and Political Binary Choices,” Telos, http://www.telospress.com/theologies-of-relationality-a-response-to-economic-and-political-binary-choices/
2012 Dec. 26, “Occupy Wall St. and the tea parties—separated at birth? [“Washington gehört den Banken, Mann!” Die Bewegungen von Occupy Wall Street und der Tea Party wollen im Grunde das Gleiche – nur anders.] Die Zeit, http://www.zeit.de/2011/52/P-Occupy/komplettansicht
2012 Dec. 20, “Reduce abortions, realign US politics,” USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-12-18/abortion-religious-right-politics/52051806/1.
2012 Dec. 6, “Kleine Jungs: Der weiße Mann muss nicht untergehen – er muss nur erwachsen Worden,” Die Zeit, nr. 50, p. 17
2012 Dec. 5, “Opposing Strains of Western Modernity: Situatedness and Separability,” Telos. http://www.telospress.com/main/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=608.
2012 Oct. 10, “Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities,” Religion & Ethics. http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/10/10/3607804.htm.
2012 Aug., “Theology and Practice among America’s ‘New Evangelicals,’” Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politic, Vol.1, nos. 1&2, pp. 280-312, http://journal.radicalorthodoxy.org/index.php/ROTTP/article/view/37/16
2012 May 22, “Evangelicals: Voting Bloc or Mosaic?” Truthout, http://truth-out.org/news/item/9187-evangelicals-voting-bloc-or-mosaic
2012 May 7, “Young Evangelicals in the Voting Booth. Busted Halo, http://bustedhalo.com/features/young-evangelicals-in-the-voting-booth
2012 May 3, “Muslims and Evangelicals countering prejudice: A conversation with Marcia Pally and Mustapha Tlili,” edited by Chantal Bax, Religion & Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/05/03/3495045.htm
2012 April 14, “Evangelicals will Decide the 2012 Election,” Beliefnet, http://www.beliefnet.com/News/ElectionCenter/Home-Page-News-and-Views/evangelical-influence.aspx?p=2
2012 March 19, “The Republican primaries show evangelicals aren’t a voting bloc: US evangelical Christians are motivated not by religion alone, as their increasingly diverse voting pattern shows,” The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/mar/19/republican-primaries-evangelical-bloc.
2012 Feb. 19, “Capitalists vs. Heroes of the People: The US presidential primaries continue,” [Kapitalistengeier und Volkshelden in den USA]. Berliner Zeitung, http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/politik/gastbeitrag-kapitalistengeier-und-volkshelden-in-den-usa,10808018,11627380.html
2012 Feb. 7, “Evangelicals lose faith in Republican candidates” Religion & Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/02/07/3424696.htm
2012 Jan. 30, “Entrepreneurial Evangelicals for Economic Justice: Carving Out Spaces for the Common Good or Reconfiguring Capitalist Relations?” Telos, http://www.telospress.com/entrepreneurial-evangelicals-for-economic-justice-carving-out-spaces-for-the-common-good-or-reconfiguring-capitalist-relations/
2011 Dec. 28, “The New Evangelicals: How Christians are rethinking abortion and gay marriage,” Religion & Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/12/28/3399068.htm
2011 Dec. 9, “The New Evangelcials,” The New York Times, http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/the-new-evangelicals/?ref=opinion
2011 Nov. 10, “America’s evangeicals take a turn,” [Die neuen Evangelikalen Amerikas, reaktionärste Christen vollziehen eine linke Wende und entdecken das Christentum für sich] Die Zeit, p. 64.
2011 Nov. 9, “He just can’t do anything right: Obama and the next election,” [Er kann es einfach nicht] Berliner Zeitung.
2011 Oct. 28, “Why Evangelical Christians have left the Right,” Religion & Ethics, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/10/28/3350576.htm
2011 Sept. 25, “Obama can’t change America’s faith in small government” [Nur weil er Schwartz ist: Der Glaube an den schlanken Staat is uramerikanisch auch ein Barack Obama konne daran nichts aendern], Die Zeit, www.zeit.de/2011/39/P-obamamania.komplettansicht
2011 Sept. 9, “Ten years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, America has just become more of Itself [Amerika nach 9/11Konsumismus plus Wahabismus ergibt “Osama McDonald”],” Der Tagesspiegel, http://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/konsumismus-plus-wahabismus-ergibt-osama-mcdonald/v_print,4590970.html?p=
2011 Feb. 8, “Non-market Motives at Work in the Market: ‘New Evangelicals’ in Civil Society in the U.S. and Overseas. Telos, http://www.telospress.com/main/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=419
2011 Winter, “Non-market Motives at Work in the Market: ‘New Evangelicals’ in civil society in the US and overseas” New York, N.Y.: Telos 157 (Winter 2011).
2011 Jan. 16, “America doesn’t know what to do with its own government [Amerikaner hassen immer ihre Regierung],” Welt am Sonntag
2010 Dec. 27, “Keine nützlichen Idioten der Politik: Unter den Evangelikalen in den USA mehren sich freiheitsfreundliche und tolerante Stimmen,. Neue Zuercher Zeitung
2010 Oct. 30, “In God We Trust,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
2010 Oct. 19, “God’s Peaceful Warriors,” Die Welt
2010 Oct. 16, “The Individual at the Political Center, Berliner Zeitung
2010 Oct. 14, “Government is for Sissies,” Die Zeit
2010 July 8, “Obama’s Pétard and the Resurgent Red Coats,” UK: ResPublica
2010 March 31, “Resurrection of a Secession: Tea-parties and other attacks against Obama,” Tagesspiegel
2010 Jan. 5, “America in God’s Service: the churches and Obama,” Die Zeit,
2009 July, “America first: Einige Betrachtungen ueber der Nationalstolz [America first: Some considerations on American patriotism],” Kulturaustausch:Zeitschrift fuer internationale Perspektiven [Cultural Exchange: Journal for international perspectives]
2008 Dec. 23, “Woran glaubt Amerika? [What does America believe?]” Die Zeit
2008 Dec. 8, “Shoppen fuer das Vaterland [Shopping for the Sake of the Nation], Der Spiegel/50/2008
2008 Dec., “Modernity’s Dilemma: Secularism, Pluralism and Faith,” Review of Faith and International Affairs
2008 Nov. 17, “Barak Obama: Die neue Hirte und die Gemeinden [Barak Obama: The new shepherd and America’s devout], Die Tageszeitung
2008 Oct. 30, “Kulturellen Strukturn auf der Spur,” Neue Zürcher Zeitung, interview
2008 Oct. 30, “Pippi Langstrumupf und ihre Brüder,” Berliner Zeitung, interview
2008 Sept. 11, “Sarah Palin: Amerikas starke kleine Schwester [Sarah Palin: America’s tough kid Sister],” Die Zeit
2008 Sept. 8, “Die Deutschen und Obama: Trügerische Sehnsucht [Obama and the Germans: Illusory longings],” Sueddeutsche Zeitung
2008 Aug. 22, “Ein Vize fuer alle Faelle [A vice president for all occasions],” Die Tageszeitung
2008 July 10 – “Europas Selbstbetrug [Europe’s Self-delusion],” Die Zeit
2008 May 26, “Bush war der wahre Amerikaner [Bush as the real American], Die Presse, Vienna, Austria
2008 May 26, “Keiner kann die Wahlkampfversprechen halten. [You can’t stop campaign promises],” Interview, Der Standard, Vienna, Austria
2008 May 22, “Die amerikanische Kultur hat den Charakter eines Teenagers,” Interview, Tagesanzeiger, Zurich, Switzerland
2008 March 15, “Interview: the evangelical influence on the deep structure of US foreign policy,” die Tageszeitung
2008 March 13, “ Caution: US foreign policy under the Democrats. [Vorsicht, Freund: Amerikas AuBenpolitik war schon immer knallhart auch under den Demoktraten]. Die Tagesspiegel
2008 Feb., “Guarantee of liberty: Religion and politics in the US,” Herder Korrespondenz: Journal for Religion and Society, pp. 74-79
2008 Jan. 15, “America’s Marketplace of Confessions: Evangelical Christianity’s Gift to Muslims,” Islamica Magazine
Versions of this article appeared also in: Diario Las Americas (US), The Scotsman (UK), Politiken (Denmark), Dagbladet (Norway), die Welt, Welt Debatte, Today’s Zaman (Turkey), Al Jaridaa (Kuwait), The Daily News (Egypt). The Jordan Times, The Daily Star (Lebanon), The (Pakistan) Daily Times, Al Eqtisadiah (Saudi Arabia), The Korean Herald, Taipei Times, La Prensa (Panama)
2008 Jan. 12/13, “Lower barriers: Muslim life in the US and Europe after Sept 11th [Die Barrieren sind niedriger],” Sueddeutsche Zeitung
2007 Dec. 31, “The Clout of God’s Mercy: Politics and religion in America. [Die Macht von Gottes Gnaden],” Sueddeutsche Zeitung
2007 Fall, “Muslims in the United States and Europe,” In Rethinking Global Order, Internationale Politik, TransAtlantic edition, Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations.
A complete list of publications for The German Council on Foreign Relations, Internationale Politik can be found at: https://zeitschrift-ip.dgap.org/de/suche/pally
2007 Nov. 4, “The Evangelical Vote: A Moving Target?” die Tageszeitung
2007 Sept – America, do you do it better? Why are Muslim immigrants to the US better off, more satisfied and better integrated than those in Europe? [Amerika, machst du es besser?
Warum muslimische Einwanderer in den USA wohlhabender, zufriedener und besser in die Gesellschaft integriert sind als Europas Muslime], Internationale Politik, Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations.
January – Warning to friends: German/EU Foreign development and the Future of US foreign policy. [Warnung zu Freunde] Internationale Politik, Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations
2006 May – Religion’s role in the US and Europe in the modern era. Zeitzeichen, Journal of the Protestant Academy of Germany, special edition on the U.S.
2006 Spring – Germany’s global vision in the shadow of the US. Internationale Politik. TransAtlantic edition. Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations.
2005 Oct. 21 – The blithely gripping spirit: American evangelicalism—why we hate it and why it works. [Froehlich zupackender Geist: Der amerikanische Evangelismus: Warum wir ihn hassen und warum er funktioniert.] Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
2005 Oct.- The mentality gap: Europe’s lost vision of the EU. Internationale Politik. Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations.
Reprinted in The United States, Germany and Europe: Building a global Agenda. Special Issue, Jan. 2006, German Council on Foreign Relations, for its conference in Washington, D.C. with senior Bush administration officials (Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, among others attending), pp. 87-96.
2005 August 20/21, “Optimistc Humility: A return to our heathen roots. [Optimistiche Demut: Fuer die Rueckkehr zu unseren heidnischen Wurzeln], Sueddeutsche Zeitung
2005 April, “Dueling paradoxes: Religion, Politics and the multi-cultures of immigration in the US and Europe. Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations. Internationale Politik, 4,6-17.
March-April. Reprinted in Internationale Politik, Russian edition (2), 112-127.
Summer, 2005. Reprinted in Internationale Politik, TransAtlantic edition, 56-61.
2004 Oct., “God’s own land? The separation of church and state in the USA. [Gottes eigenes Land? Die Trennung von Kirche und Staat in den USA], Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations. Internationale Politik, 10, 13-28.
2004 Sept.. “Europe can do better: An American appeal [Mach’s besser, Europa! Ein amerikanisches Plaedoyer],” Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations, Internationale Politik, 9.
2002, “What is learned in sustained-content writing classes along with writing?” Journal of Basic Writing,21 (1) 90-115..
2002, :”Responding to Alatriste,” TESOL Journal,11 (1), p.46.
2001, “Skills Development in ‘Sustained’ Content-Based Curricula: Case Studies in Analytical/Critical Thinking and Academic Writing,” Language and Education, 15(4), 279-305.
1998, “Film studies drive literacy development for ESL university students,” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy,41(8), 620-628
1998, “Film studies for reading, writing and critical thinking,” TESOL Video News, 9(1), 3,8,10.
1997, “Critical thinking in ESL: An argument for sustained content,” Journal of Second Language Writing, 6(3), 293-311
1995 June, “The man who mistook ‘wet paint’ for a verb: A chronicle for thinking about language, culture, and writing, TESL-EJ. Listserv@cmsa.berkeley.edu
1994 December, “Lingua Franca: Film in the Language Classroom,” North American Bilingual Education
Selected Presentations and Conference Organization
In addition to the presentations listed below, Professor Pally has lectured on culture and politics, cinema, and free expression/censorship at:
St. Anne’s College/Oxford University, the Center for Theological Inquiry-Princeton; Institut d’études européennes et internationales du Luxembourg; John F. Kennedy School for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin; Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham; The Cato Institute; Hebrew Union College, among others
Institutes: World Economic Forum (Davos), The Smithsonian Institute; The Cato Institute; The Bar Association of the City of New York; The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists; The American Association of Physicians for Human Rights; The Women and the Law Annual Conference; The American Booksellers Association; The American Library Association; The American Film and Video Association
Media: the Phil Donahue Show, Pozner and Donahue, CNN’s Crier & Co., the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, The McLaughlin Show, the British Broadcasting Company, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, among others.
2020, March 3 – “Evolutionary Science, Theology, & Economic Inequality,” Princeton: Center for Theological Inquiry.
2020, Feb. 15 – “A Mutualistic Understanding of Humanity’s “Baseline,” After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid, TELOS/Paul Piccone Institute, New York: New York University
2019, Oct. 29 – “Covenant and Evolution: A relational “baseline” for economic policy,” Collegium Institute, University of Pennsylvania
2019, July 11 — “Mimetic Violence: As old as Cain but not as old as Adam?” Presentation at: Imagining the Other, Colloquium on Violence & Religion, July 10-13, Innsbruck: University of Innsbruck
2018, July 9 – “Perichoresis: The Gift of Ballet to Theology,” Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2018, June 4 – “Mechanisms of Populism: Trump and Evangelical Christians,” University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
2018, May 4 – “What Would Jesus Drive? The mainstreaming of evangelical environmental protection programs,” University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2018, May 3 — “Populism in America: The duress-prodded perversion of the covenant,” presented at: Churches as Agents for Justice and against Populism Public Theology in Global Intercontextual Dialogue, May 2 – 4, 2018 Berlin, Germany, Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin, The Lutheran Church Federation, Bread for the World, Church of Sweden.
2017, June 21 – “The ontology of covenant as ground and guide for theology in the public sphere.” Presented at: Berlin Institute for Public Theology, Opening Conference, Humboldt University-Berlin, June 21-22, 2017.
2017, June 15 – “In search of a framework for immigration policy and practice: Covenant or the present mess,” Presented at the Conference on Jewish Law On Immigration, Humboldt University-Berlin, June 14-15, 2017.
2017, June 8 – “What Would Jesus Drive? The mainstreaming of evangelical environmental protection programs.” Presented at The KOSMOS Workshop on Religion, Sustainability and Politics, Humboldt University-Berlin, June 7- June 10, 2017.
2017, March 21 — A tale of two covenants, two frameworks for government in America Or: Why do evangelicals support Trump and repealing Obamacare? Presented at the Center for Theological Inquiry Conference on Inequality and Theology, Princeton, New Jersey
2017, Jan. 14 – The ethics of asymmetric warfare: The first three thousand years. Asymmetrical Warfare: The centrality of the political to the strategic. The annual Telos Conference, Jan. 14-15, 2017. New York: New York University.
2017, Jan. 12 – Covenant and liberalism: Incompatible as a framework for political organization? Deutsches Haus, New York University, New York.
2017, Jan. 9 – The theology of American civil religion and its influence on present U.S. politics Theology Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
2017, Jan. 8 – The reception of Donald Trump as a continuation of America’s civil creed. Deutsch-Amerikanisches Haus, Heidelberg, Germany.
2016, Nov. 13 – Against the “Selfish Gene”: Covenant and relationality as a framework for public policy. Paper presented at: Can our vibrant progressive culture thrive in today’s religious landscape? Nov. 13-15, 2016. Hebrew Union College, New York, N.Y.
2016, Oct. 30 – Covenant: An ontology and framework for public policy and law. Paper presented at: Covenants in law, theology, and public policy. New York University Law School, New York, N.Y.
2016, Oct. 27 – Religion and civil religion as factors in the 2016 presidential election—evangelicals and others. Paper presented at the Institute for Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, Fordham University School of Law, New York, N.Y.
2016, Oct. 21 – The 2016 presidential campaign and America’s Civil Religion: Why America doesn’t know what to do with its own government. Keynote lecture at: Still “God’s Own Country? Religion and the 2016 American Presidential Elections. Theology Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin.
2016, Sept. 19 – Relationality as a framework for public policy and law. Paper presented at: Dialogue Across Difference in a Polarized America. Institute for Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, Fordham University School of Law, New York, N.Y.
2016, July 20 — Recognition as Societal Glue: Theologies of Relationality as a regulatory principle. Presented at the conference on The Search for Recognition—and Religion: An inter-disciplinary symposium. Ruhr University-Bochum, Germany.
2016, July 6 — Why America doesn’t know what to do with its own government: Trump, Sanders, and frankly, everyone else. Paper presented at the University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany.
2016, June 16-17 – Conference organizer responsible for concept, funding, selection and invitations to scholars, conference report, book and articles emerging from the conference: Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic and military/political praxis – An inter-disciplinary, international conference. Berlin, Germany: Theology Faculty, Humboldt University. Grants awarded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Telos Institute.
2016, June 17 — “The contingent nature of sacrifice: Relational determinants in biology, physics, and theology.” Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic and military/political praxis – An inter-disciplinary, international conference. Berlin, Germany: Theology Faculty, Humboldt University, June 16-17, 2016.
2016, Jan 16 – Theologies of Relationality as a Frame for Economic and Political Policy: Covenant, Trinity, and Salvation as Religious Tenets and Political Proposal. Presented at the International conference: Beyond nostalgia: Ethics, politics, and the critique of modernity. New York University, New York: The Telos/Paul Piccone Institute, Jan 16-17 2016.
2015, June 13 – Theological roots of the idea of growth. Trial of Faith, international conference of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, June 12-14, Cologne, Germany.
2015, June 11 – Does religion contribute to justice? Conference in Religion, Law and Justice., June 10-13, Berlin, Germany: Humboldt University.
2015, March 31 – Interfaith dialogue as a framework for dialogue with the LGBT communities. New York University. Conference organizer.
2014, 17 and 18 October — The Politics of Virtue: the crisis of liberalism and the post-liberal future: Reponses to John Milbank and Adrian Pabst, Luxembourg: Institut d’études européennes et internationales du Luxembourg.
2013, Oct. 27 – Theologies of relationality: Re-balancing the fractures and freedoms of modernity. Oeffentliche Religion, religioese Oeffenlichkeit. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
2013, Oct. 1 – Conference on “The theologies and economics of debt.” New York University. Conference organizer and presented the opening paper
2013, June 28 – July 1 – Theologies of relationality: A proposal for lost souls. The Soul. Oxford, UK: Centre for Philosophy and Theology at the University of Nottingham in cooperation with St. Anne’s College, Oxford
2013, June 05 – Law and the formation of religious identity: Religious activism in the law. Theological Faculty Conference Series, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2013, May 23 – Religion, civil religion, and politics. Zurich, Switzerland: Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik (ZRWP) and the protestant-reformed church of Zürich.
2013, Feb. 23 – Evangelicalism and America’s religio-political landscape: Recent shifts and impacts. The In-between Society: Tradition and modernism in conflict. Karlsruhe, Germany: 17th Annual Karlsruhe Dialogues
2013, Feb. 16 –Theologies of Relationality: A response to economic and political binary choices. Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World. New York: Telos Institute
2012, June 21-22 – conference organizer, Conference on the Political. Impact of Religious Activism, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
June 21 – paper presented: America´s Evangelicals and the Presidential Election: Critical Mass and Critical Changes at Conference on the Political. Impact of Religious Activism, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2012, June 12 – “America’s “New Evangelicals”–those who have left the right–and the US presidential election. John F. Kennedy School for North American Studies, The Free University, Berlin, Germany
2012, May 31 – The political ethics of America’s largest electoral bloc: The voting and activism of evangelicals. Summer Institute for The social and cultural impact of religious communities within different religious traditions, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2012, May 20 – Understanding the New Evangelicals. Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, 99th Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida
2012, April 1 – The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good. University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire:
2012, March 29-30 – Devout Faith and Liberal Democracy: Contribution or Contest? Conference Organizer and Presenter, The political and economic activism of America’s “new evangelicals,” New York University
2012, Feb. 23, 25 – America’s newest voting bloc: Who are the “New Evangelicals”? Global Prayers Conference, Department of Literature and Humanities, Institute of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2012, Jan. 14,15 – Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Haiti, Philadelphia, and Uganda: Carving Out Spaces for the Common Good or Reconfiguring Capitalist Relations? Space, Virtuality, Territoriality, Relationality, Telos Institute Annual Conference, New York, N.Y.
2012, Jan. 10 – America’s newest voting bloc: Who are the “New Evangelicals”? — and other remarks about the 2012 US presidential election. University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany
2011, Oct. 21 – “Religious Truth Claims and Liberal Democracy: Contribution or Contest?” Conference Organizer, New York University, Deutsches Haus,
2011, July 1 – Church organization and political and economic activism among America’s “new evangelicals.” Kirchliches Organisationshandeln angesichts der Kulturalisierung und Individualismus religioeser Deutuingsmuster. Theological Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
2011, June 26 — The Market Economy in an Ethics of Life: Theology and Practice among America’s “New Evangelicals.” What is Life: Theology, Science and Philosophy. Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham, UK, June 24-28, 2011, Krakow, Poland.
2011, June 4 – What you see is what you get: Thoughts on Matthew 6: 19-24. Biannual Kirchentag, Dresden, Germany
2011, Jan 15 — Non-market Motives at Work in the Market: “New Evangelical” in Civil Society in the U.S. and overseas. The Telos Conference: Rituals of exchange and states of exception: Continuity and crisis in politics and economics. The Telos Institute, New York, N.Y.
2011, Jan. 11 — Religio-political history, structures, and contemporary debates: A trans-Atlantic comparison. University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany
2010, Nov. 6– The traditional novelty of thinking critically about politics. Holding onto Freedom, An International Conference of the Central European Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010, Sept. 21 – Thinking about faith and democracy in Europe and the US. Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
2010, Sept 17 – Evangelicalism in Europe and the US: Historical differences and recent developments. International Conference of Evangelical City Missions, Berlin, Germany
2010, June 10 – Is Religion Incompatible with Democracy? German-American Institute Tuebingen and the Heidelberg Centre for American Studies, Tuebingen, Germany
2010, Jan. 29 — Do Religious Truth Claims lead to Violence? Sponsored by the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Protestant Chuch, Davos, Switzerland.
2010, Jan. 14 – A cultural and political trans-Atlantic comparison post Obama. University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2010, Jan 14 – A year in the Obama presidency: Politics and culture in the US. Amerika Haus, Cologne, Germany
2009, Dec. 17 — Has Obama failed? Has Obama Allies? German-US relations. Tageszeitung conference, Berlin, Germany
2009, Nov. 5-7 – “New evangelicals:” A case study in religion and its compatibility with pluralism and the secular state. Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik [Center for religion, economics and politics], Universities of Zurich, Basel und Lucerne, Switzerland
2009, Sept. 28-30 — Sacrificing for the New Jerusalem or sacrificing for ‘the least of these’: Changes in the religious dimension of American political Discourse. Conference on The Political Dimension of Sacrifice. The Oxford Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought and the Berlin Research Programme for Religion, Politics, and Economics, Trinity College, Oxford.
2009, July 4 — The Separation of Church and State: A proposal from the devout, Conference on The problem of liberalism in Christianity and Islam [Das politische Problem religiöser Liberalität in Christentum und Islam], Humboldt University, Berlin
2009, Feb. 3 – The state of the union after the State of the Union. Deutsches Haus, New York University. The third program in a 2008-2009 series on US and EU politics for the Deutsches Haus, New York University, developed by Prof. Pally
2009, Jan. 13 – The role of religion in the Obama presidency and its influence on US foreign policy. Freiburg, Germany: German-American Institute
2008, Nov. 7 – Thoughts on the future of US politics after the election. Deutsches Haus, New York University
2008, Oct. 30 – US foreign policy in light of the presidential election: American and European perspectives. Panel discussion organized by Neue Zuercher Zeitung (Switzerland’s main morning daily), Zurich, Switzerland.
2008, Oct 29 – Religion as an unseen influence in US foreign policy. Swiss Institute for International Studies, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2008, Oct. 7 – Will a new administration mean a new foreign policy? Deutsches Haus, New York University. The second program in a 2008-2009 series on US and EU politics for the Deutsches Haus, New York University, developed by Prof. Pally
2008, (Sept. 17)– Evangelicals in the US/Muslims in Germany: Goethe Institute, New York
2008, July 15 – The deep structure of US foreign policy: Implications for the future. Frankfurt Oder, Germany: Viadrina University,
2008, July 1 – Religion, foreign policy in light of the US election. Kulturwerk, Hamburg, Germany
2008, June 30 – American evangelicalism and US foreign policy, past and future. Presentation at the Bertelsmann Institute, Guetersloh, Germany
2008, June 10 –Evangelicalism: The unseen influence on US foreign policy. Berlin Lectures on Religion and Politics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2008, June 4 – Overt and covert sway: The long history of evangelicalism and its influence on US politics. Munich, Germany: Amerika Haus
2008, May 26 – American evangelicalism, US foreign policy and domestic elections. Vienna: US State Department and the Kreisky Forum
2008, May 19 — Friendly warnings: The history and future of American foreign policy. Literarische Salon, Berlin, Germany
2008, May 14 – The long evangelical influence on US politics and foreign policy. ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland
2008, March 15 – Religion and the longue duree of US foreign policy. Leipzig book fair, Leipzig, Germany
2008, Feb. 19 – The future of EU foreign policy–Does Anyone care? This first program in a 2008-2009 series on US and EU politics for the Deutsches Haus, New York University was developed by Prof. Pally, who also gave one lecture, and served as moderator for all panel discussions.
2008, Jan. 18 – A historical look at church-state relations in the US and German-speaking Europe as reflections of worldview and as an influence on politics. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2008, Jan. 7 – Islam in the US/Islam in Europe (with Navid Kermani, author of Gott ist schön – Das ästhetische Erleben des Koran, [God is beautiful: Experience of the Koran, Ernst Bloch Prize). KWI Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. Essen, Germany.
2007, Dec. 14 – The influence of religion on foreign policy in Germany and the US: Benefit or burden? Conference on Government and Faith-based Initiatives: A German-American Comparison. American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Washington, D.C.
2007, Nov. 30 – Critique and discussion of Michael Thalheimer’s production of Frank Wedekind’s Lulu, with Michael Thalheimer. Goethe Institute, New York.
2007, Nov 8 – Pluralism, Secularism and Faith-based groups in the US and Germany: A cross-cultural study. Conference by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin, Germany
2007, June 22 – American evangelicals, past and future US foreign policy in light of the 2008 US presidential election. Conference by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin, Germany
2007, June 22 — From European Calvinism to American Evangelicalism: A few suggestions. Conference on Religious Ambiguities and Pluralities, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin Germany
2007, June 7 – Religion expressed, religion submerged in the country with the biggest guns. Wissenschaftskollg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin), Berlin, Germany
2007, May 22 – America Evangelicalism: A history and a presence in US foreign policy. University of Eichstaett, Department of Political Science, Eichstaett, Germany
2007, Jan. 10 – Religion and US Foreign Policy after the 2006 Midterm Elections and After the 2008 Presidential Elections: Change or Continuity—and why? Universitaet Bielefeld, Department of History, Philosophy and Theology, Bielefeld, Germany
2007, Jan 5 – Assumptions and Values of the US: Implications for US foreign policy and for EU foreign policy development. Zuerich Universitaet, Graduate program in Applied History, Zurich, Switzerland
2006, Nov. 17 –After the 2006 Midterm Elections: Change in foreign policy? Change in the role of religion? American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C.
2006, Oct. 30 – Censorship and Sex in the American “Culture Wars,” Cooper Union University, New York, N.Y.
2006, Oct. 6-7–Keynote Europe: Achievements and Expectations. In Search of Europe. International conference organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation (German National Green Party). Lindau am Bodensee, Germany.
Closing discussion. European Identity? In Search of Europe (conference, as above).
2006, July 11 – Values, Religion, and Guns: The historical influence of American evangelicalism on US foreign policy. Humboldt Universitaet, Program for Religion and Politics, Berlin, Germany
2006, July 6 – Evangelicalism and its influence on the values that guide US foreign policy. Technical University, Braunschweig [Technische Universitaet Braunschweig], Institute for Social Sciences [Institut fuer Sozialwissenschaften], Braunschweig, Germany
2006, May 6 – Religion as factor and actor in US politics. Fundamentalism Alarm? International conference organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Protestant Academy-Loccum. Loccum, Germany.
2005, Oct. 11 –Discussion with Professor Marcia Pally and director Michael Thalheimer on Lessing’s Emilia Galotti. New York: Goethe Institute
2005, Sept. 18 – Doctrines under Siege: Religion and Modernity, New York: Goethe Institute
2005, May 4 – Developments in Critical Thinking, Writing and Content-based curricula in university second language education. City University of New York. New York: The Graduate Center, CUNY.
2005, March 23 – Multiculturalism and religion in Europe and the US. Berlin: Aspen Institute.
2005, Jan, 12 – Religion and political systems in Europe and the US: A cross-cultural analysis. University of Zurich. Zurich: Switzerland.
2004, Oct. 7 – Can’t live with you/Can’t live without you: Culture and politics in Europe and the US. New York: Goethe Institute
2004, March 22 – American Aggression/European Isolationism: A modest proposal for the EU. Berlin: Aspen Institute
2003, Sept. 14 – Critical Thinking and Democracy. Munich: Romanfabrik lecture series
2003, June 4. – The German-American Friendship? [Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft?] Munich: Munich Chamber Theater [Münchner Kammerspiele]
2003, May 28. Plowshares into Swords – The Terrible Productivity of American Violence. The Heartland of America. Munich: The Protestant Academy-Tutzing [Evangelische Akademie Tutzing]
2003, May 23 – The Counter Enlightenment: The appeals of innocence, purity and the unlived life. Hamburg: The German Theater [Deutsches Schauspielhaus]
2003, May 22 – Critique Abandoned: The Ceding of Democracy. Vienna: The Republican Club
2003, May 20 – Transnational Governance in the Age of Globalization, Vienna: Leporello lecture series on new books
2003, May 14 – The Beginning of the End of Critical Thinking [Der Anfang vom Ende des kritischen Denkens]. Berlin: Academcy of the Arts [Akademie der Künste].
2003, May 12 – Fear: Democracy’s Companion [Angst: der Schatten der Demokratie]. Berlin: Theater of the People [Volksbuehne]
2003, May 3 (Featured Speaker) – The Application of Content-Based Instruction to the Academic Context. Bilingual Educational/ESL Technical Assistance Center. Buffalo, New York.
2003, April (Featured Speaker) – Integrating Content, Genre and Skills Development in EAP. Teaching and Assessing English for Academic Purposes. Professional Development Institute/Language & Cognition Department/Office of Academic Affairs. City University of New York, New York
2003, March 28 – Teaching Content, Genre and EAP Writing. 37th Annual TESOL Convention, Baltimore, MD.
2002, Nov. 9 (Featured Speaker)- Content-Based Instruction: For the imagination and ambition of every student. Entering the Race: Making Every Student a Winner, the 32nd Annual NYS TESOL Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.
2002, April 13 – Integrating content, genre and sills development in EAP. 36th Annual TESOL Convention. Salt Lake City, Utah. (Paper accepted, but scheduling prevented me from attending the conference)
2001, Feb. 25 – Multimodality of Literacy: What do you know and through what medium do you know it: A taxonomy of modalities. Applied Linguistics for the 21st Century. American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. St; Louis, MO.
2001, Feb. 3 – Text Analysis, Synthesis, Writing: Methods & Student Work, The 23rd Annual Applied Linguistics Winter Conference, NYS-TESOL Applied Linguistics SIG & CUNY Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society. New York, N.Y.
2000, Dec. 8 (Featured Speaker) – Sustained Content Teaching, ESL Council of the City University of New York. New York, NY
2000, Oct. 28 – Text Analysis, Synthesis, and Writing: Methods & Student Work. 30th Annual NYS TESOL Conference. Rochester, New York.
2000, May 13 – English for Academic Purposes: Qualitative case study data. 27th Annual CUNY ESL Council Conference. City University of New York, New York
2000, April 7 – Sustained Content Teaching: Case Studies in Text Analysis, the Synthesis and Questioning of Sources and Writing. Second Language Acquisition Circle New York University, New York
2000, March, 12 – Exploring the Boundaries of Literacy. Crossing Boundaries. AAAL. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1999, December, 3 – Sustained Content-Based Instruction for Academic Skills Development: A Practical Approach. 19th Annual Bilingual/ESL Conference: Challenges, Changes, and Connections in Language Learning. William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ.
1999, Oct.16 – Sustained Content Teaching for Academic ESL: A Practical Approach. New Jersey Statewide Higher Education Conference. Union County College, Elisabeth, New Jersey.
1999, May 27 – Psychology and Cinema Studies as Sustained Content for Academic Skill Development in Advanced EFL. Invited Guest Lecturer, Tel Aviv University and ISRAEL/TESOL. Tel Aviv, Israel.
1999, May 26 – Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking Development in Advanced EAP Students. Invited Guest Speaker, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
1999, May 26 – Content-based Curriculum Development for college and pre-college. English Teachers’ Association of Israel, American Cultural Center. Jerusalem, Israel.
1999, May 25 – Sustained Content EFL: Theory and Curriculum Development. Invited Guest Lecture, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
1999, March 11 – Sustained Content in ESL. Colloquium organizer and presenter. TESOL ‘99. New York, N.Y.
1998, May 20. Content-based Teaching and the Use of Film. Conference of Instructors and Staff Members of the CUNY Language Immersion Program, City University of New York (Kingsborough). Brooklyn, New York
1998, May 9. A Curriculum in Film Studies as Sustained Content. New York TESOL Higher Education Special Interest Group. Fordham University. New York, N.Y.
1998, March 20. Sustained Courses that Are Not Linked, Not Sheltered. TESOL ’98: The 32nd Annual TESOL Convention & Exposition. Seattle, WA.
1997, Dec. 5. Using Film for Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking. The Seventeenth Annual Bilingual/ESL Conference: Multimedia in Language Instruction: What Works?. William Patterson University. Wayne, NJ.
1997, Sept. 27. Film as a High Interest Resource for Developing SL Academic Skills. The Diversity of Diversity. NYS TESOL, New York City Region, New York, New York.
1997, August 5. (Invited Speaker). Sustained content study in university language programs: Preparation for academic performance. Conference of the Organization for Hebrew Language Education. Hebrew University. Jerusalem, Israel.
1997, May 15. Using Film as Content for Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking Skills in University NNS Students. Presentation to the Immersion Program at the City University of New York-Kingsborough, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1997, May 3. Not “linked” not “sheltered”: Content Courses for Critical Thinking Development-A pilot study. ESL students and teachers: Reclaiming our future. Annual Conference of the ESL Council of the City University of New York, New York.
1997, January, 25. Critical thinking in ESL: An argument for sustained content. The 19th Annual Applied Linguistics Conference. The City University of New York, New York
1996, Dec. 26. EFL curricula and critical thinking development: Sustained study as an aid to text analysis and presentation of a case study. Presentation to The Hebrew University, Department of English as Foreign Language, Jerusalem, Israel.
1996, Dec. 22. Critical thinking development in university-level language students: Film studies as a case study of sustained content instruction. Presentation to The Hebrew University, Division of Hebrew Language Instruction, Jerusalem, Israel.
1996, May 4, (By invitation). Look before you write: Film as “content” for the K-12 and university ESL classroom. The Many Faces of Second Language Teaching in a Diverse Classroom. NYS TESOL. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
1996, April 2, (By invitation). Film studies as a “Scaffold” to critical thinking and writing in intermediate and advanced ESL students. The Conference of Teaching Second Languages in a Multicultural Society. New York University, New York.
1996, March. “Fruit of the vine: “Scaffolding” for critical thinking. New York: Annual Conference of the ESL Council of the City University of New York, New York.
1995, October 21. Lingua Franca: Film Studies and the Development of Critical Thinking. New York State TESOL Conference, New York.
1995, March 4. Film Viewing and Reviewing as Serious Content. New York: Annual Conference of the ESL Council of the City University of New York, New York.
2017 – present — Guest Professor, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
2016 – present – Guest Professor, Theology Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2014/2015 – DAAD Guest Professor, Humboldt University, Theological Faculty, Berlin, Germany
2013/2014 – Guest Professor, Fordham University School of Law
2012—Guest Professor, Brooklyn Law School
2012/2013 — Mercator Guest Professor, Humboldt University, Theological Faculty, Berlin, Germany
2010 — Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany [Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany]
2008 — present: Full Professor, Adjunct, Multilingual Multicultural Studies, New York University
2007 – Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany [Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany]
2006 — present: Permanent Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities, New York University, New York
2002 — 2008: Associate Professor, Adjunct, Multilingual Multicultural Studies, New York University
Professional Appointments – Editorial:
2017 — cultural & political columnist, Tageszeitung
2001 to 2012 — cultural & political columnist, Frankfurter Rundschau
2006 to 2009 — cultural & political columnist, die Tageszeitung
1999 – 2004– cultural and political columnist, Der Standard (Austria)
1996 – 2001– cultural and political columnist, Berliner Zeitung
1995-1996 — cultural columnist, Der Tagesspiegel
1996-1997 — cultural columnist, Abendzeitung
1995 to the present — appointed to the Fipresci International Film Critics Jury
1990-1995 — film critic, WBAI/Public Radio Network
Memberships and Boards
American Association of Religion
Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought
Society for Christian Ethics
Berlin Institute of Public Theology-Full Planning Member
Telos Institute -Board
International Handbook of Practical Theology-Advisory Board
Interreligious Research Training Group-Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany-Advisory Board
Knowledge-Religion-Discourse [Wissen Religion Diskurs] PhD Supervisory Committee
Grants and Awards
2019 –Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence, Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business Graduate-level
2018 — Fritz Thyssen Foundation Grant for Mimesis and Sacrifice: Applying Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines, Marcia Pally, Ed. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
2016 – Fritz Thyssen Foundation Grant and the Telos Institute for an inter-disciplinary, international project and conference on: Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic and military/political praxis, Humboldt University-Berlin, 16-17 June, 2016.
This project has yielded an inter-disciplinary volume on sacrifice, for which I am editor: Mimesis and Sacrifice: Applying Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines, Marcia Pally, Ed. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
2014, 2015 — German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Guest Professorship Grant, Humboldt University, Berlin
2012, 2013 — German Research Foundation (DFG) “Mercator” Guest Professorship, Humboldt University, Berlin
2012 — Humboldt University, Berlin, conference award, The Political. Impact of Religious Activism
2012 – German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), through Deutsches Haus, New York University, conference award
2012 – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, conference award, Devout Faith and Liberal Democracy: Contribution or Contest? New York University
2011-– German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), through Deutsches Haus, New York University, conference award
2011– Humboldt University conference award
2010 — awarded a second time as Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), Berlin Germany
2009 – 2013 – German Research Foundation (DFG) Grant. Project title: A comparison between
the political ethics of American “new evangelicals” and those of the “Lausanner Bewegung”(evangelicals) in Germany. [DFG, Deutscheforschungsgemeinschaft Sachbeihilfe, Ein Vergleich der politischen Ethik der “Neuen Evangelikalen” in den USA mit der politischen Ethik der “Lausanner Bewegung” in Deutschland.
2009 — Humboldt University, conference award
2007-2008 — German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), through Deutsches Haus, New York University, lecture series
2007 – awarded as Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), Berlin Germany
1999 – Professional Development Grant, New York University
Seminar in: American Social Sciences (Graduate)
In this course, students read historical, economic, and sociological texts to explore the development of American culture and outlook. Key aspects explored include: cultural attitudes/values/assumptions about the state, the individual, religion, and civil society (including the market) as well as debates about multiculturalism, relativism, and cultural heritage; equality and liberty; localism and federalism; and particularism and universalism. This analysis is enriched by comparison with non-US cultural development, each culture serving as an investigatory foil for the other. Authors studied include, Tocqueville, James Bryce, Thorsten Veblen, Max Weber, Edward Morgen, Benjamin Barber, Gordon Wood, Joyce Appleby, Mark Noll, among others.
Seminar in: Government and Culture (Graduate)
In this course, students look at governmental and legal structures, the cultural premises—religious, economic–that undergird them and to which they respond. The aim is to set systems of governance and law in the societal contexts in which they function. Thus, a cross-cultural approach is taken.
Seminar in: The US Supreme Court amid American Society (Graduate)
In this course, students study select, major cases of the US Supreme Court as a window to the historical, socio-political, and economic conditions in which they occurred. Comparison with cases/conditions in other judicial systems follows. Issues discussed include: distinctions between law and justice; methods of resolving competing rights and competing notions of justice; political manipulations of law and justice; inequitable implementation of law; inequitable distribution of justice (across religion, class, race); conflicts between justice and popular will, among others.
Seminar in: Teaching in International Settings (Graduate)
In this course, students learn how to identify deep structural aspects of a culture (at the level, for instance, of Bordieu’s habitus), of which religious, philosophical, and socio-political forms are key. To explore how such cultural study can be applied, they extend this analysis to a target country’s educational system, a rich arena for this investigation as educational systems are typically a prime locus and reflector of these deep structures, assumptions, and values.
With this background, students learn how to create teaching syllabi for multi-cultural contexts/classroom.
Seminar in: Studying Culture through Cinema (Graduate, Undergraduate)
This course employs the analysis of cinema to reveal the assumptions and values of the cultures from which the films emerge. Additionally, texts on the cross-cultural analysis of film are read. One unit looks at religion in cinema, its contribution to the target culture as well as how religion (tenets, practice) is treated in film.
Courses Developed at Humboldt University, Theology Department
Ethics, Polity, Law
The course looks at the relationship of law, ethics and polity in Christian thought by considering case studies from Lutheran and Reformed ethical and political thinking while taking the horizon of Jewish, but also Islamic ethical and legal thought into account.
God, Evolution, Technology
Darwinism, so secularist theories of modernity hold, opened the door to mass unbelief. Irrigation yields atheism, the joke goes, as the new technology eliminates the sense of dependence on God. Are theories declaring the death of faith sustainable as a matter of reason and science? This course is a two-part investigation of theology, evolutionary theory, and technology. The first part is an in-depth study of philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, among the most rigorous critiques of the idea that evolution can replace God as an explanation for the world. We will investigate and evaluate each step in Plantinga’s argument to come to our own assessment of the issue. The second part of the course will focus on the theological, anthropological, and ethical dimension of the issue: How are we as humans to understand ourselves faced with the technology made possible by modern science? Which theological patterns help us to make sense of technological progress? We will read a variety of classical and recently published texts on the relation between theology, science, digital humanities, religion, and technology by Hans Jonas, Karl Barth, and contemporary theologians like Hanna Reichel and Peter Dabrock.
Religion, Populism and Neo-Nationalism with Prof. Torsten Meireis
This course considers the recent, global rise in populism and neo-nationalism and seeks, by looking at international examples and analyses, to craft a working definition of both terms, noting the commonalities that may be said of populism/neo-nationalism in different contexts and paying special attention to where one must do in-depth case studies to understand these political movements and parties. The direct and indirect role of religion, the “ambient faith” and more formal links, will be explored in details.
The Theology of Leonard Cohen with Prof. Rolf Schieder
Leonard Cohen brought his music of passion and longing to generations of listeners across the world for more than half a century. Grounded in the Jewish liturgy and faith of his family and in his singular poetic genius, he was ever inventive in expressing the human desire for love–from others and from God—which seems to elude us. This seminar explores the theology that undergirds Cohen’s work, using Christian and Jewish exegetical tools.
Religion and Democracy With Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis
“Authority, not majority!“ was the slogan propagated by Christian conservatives in Ernst Troeltsch’s day, at the beginning of the 20th century. While democracy was already well-established in countries with a strong reformed tradition – like the United States, Great Britain or Switzerland – German Lutherans had a hard time accepting the idea of a government of, for, and by the people. Today, neo-national and populist movements in Europe and the US claim democratic legitimacy yet attempt to undermine or remove the religious freedom rights of non-Christians. Thus, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) managed to constitutionalize a ban on minarets in Switzerland by public referendum, German AfD’s Alexander Gauland speaks up for a ban on headscarfs in child care institutions “to end the minorization of Christians in Germany.” US president Donald Trump called for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the country.
While the compatibility of democracy and Islam is hotly disputed in Europe and the US, Christian affinity for democracy is usually taken for granted. But should it be? The seminar looks into the tangled history of Christianity and democracy, focusing on the Anglo-saxon and the German Protestant traditions (with occasional glimpses into the debates of other religions).
Religion and Science: The Argument for Compatibility
Current debates about religion and science–what is the “truth value” or usefulness of religion? what is the role of each in society?–would seem very strange to anyone living in the thousands of years before the Enlightenment. Indeed, the idea that one must choose between scientific and religious accounts of world would simply not have come up. Why are science and religion now often seen as incompatible and why is this debate important?
Readings will include: the history of the religion-science debate, texts that hold religion to be primitive and useless, texts from science which hold that religion and science are not only compatible but similar human endeavors, and texts about the view of science in non-Christian faiths. The course is suitable for students in theology and religious education, students interested in ethics, and students interested in the intersection between religion and culture, especially religious and scientific thought structures. The class will be given in English, but Prof. Pally understands German. Students may talk and ask questions in both languages.
Theologies of relationality for Economic and Political Application
This course looks at current theologies of relationality in the Judeo-Christian traditions–those that put relationship with God and neighbor at the center of theology and ethics. It explores how these theologies provide a robust framework for the mutually constitutive meld of liberal individualism and the common good. As policies that support a meld of the two yield more productive societal outcomes than the extremes of one or the other (more regard for the value of the person and for common good institutions and practices), we (in the modern West) have a high motive to preserve such policies. The claim here is that theologies of relationality help in the endeavor.
Contemporary Issues in Religion and Law
With Prof. Dr. Martin Heger, Humboldt University Law Faculty
This course begins with the protections and limits on religious practice set out in the constitutions of Germany and the US. The class will then look at contemporary legal cases in both countries which reflect tensions in increasingly multicultural societies and which the legal framework must resolve. The comparative method is used not only to teach students about both legal systems but to push to the foreground the different cultural/historical assumptions undergirding each. Examples of current debates include: circumcision, gay marriage, protection-of-religion laws, religious symbols and garb (head scarves, crosses) in public institutions, and the regulations of faith-based social service agencies.
The Underpinnings of Religious Education in Europe: A comparative and critical approach
Students study the systems of religious education in several European countries and some non-European ones in order to identify their underlying values, cultural assumptions, and histories. Further, students will compare and contrast the various systems, developing an analytical typology, in order to discuss their effectiveness relative to goals and transparency relative to values. Students will be guided to think about how one uncovers one’s own cultural assumptions and how one might begin to understand others. Questions to be discussed include: identification of “religious” and “secular” values, the assumptions underlying the distinction, who should control religious education (state, parents, faith-community), and the content and purposes of RE classes in the various types of religious education systems, etc.
Faith, Truth Culture: Inter-religious Interpretation and Multiplicity in the Judaic and Christian Traditions
When we read sacred texts, what are we doing? Discovering the one truth, and if so, how do we account for multiple interpretations? If we are merely exploring multiple interpretations, is there no truth—and how we would know which one it is? What is the relationship between reason, non-discursive human experience, and truth or the divine ontology (set-up of world)?
To address these questions, we will study texts in the Christian and Judaic traditions and we will look at frameworks for discussing these issues with others (non-believers, those of other faiths, students, parishioners, etc.). Readings include short works by and about: Johann Georg Hamann, Catherine Keller, Karl Rahner, Neils Bohr, Joseph Soloveitchik, Richard Kearney, David Bentley Hart, Yoram Hazony, and Ephraim Meir.
Academic Theology as Faith’s Handmaiden: What do I do with the Historical Critical Method in my own work and life?
Was beinhaltet der eigene Glauben und wie können historisch-kritische, systematische und praktisch-theologische Methoden unsere Suche nach einem eigenen Bild von Gott unterstützen? In dieser Sozietät soll Raum für Diskussionen gegeben werden, die sich mit dem Wahrheitsanspruch von Religion, den eigenen Zweifeln im Glauben und dem Bild beschäftigen dürfen, welches von Gott im Angesicht der verschiedenen theologischen Traitionen bleibt. Textvorschläge von Teilnehmenden und Dozierenden sollen gleichermaßen eingehen in den Versuch die eigenen Vorstellungen von Gott auszuloten und sprächfähig zu werden im Dialog über den Glauben
Relations between State and Church in Germany and the USA: A historical approach for understanding contemporary religio-politics With Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wendebourg, Humboldt University, Theology Department
This course compares the development of church-state relations and law in modern Germany and the US. Comparisons begin with the early modern period–the 1555/1648 treaties in Europe and the colonial charters in America—and continue into the twenty-first century. Special attention is given to: the European territorialization of religion in contrast to the distribution of faiths in America; the consequences of locating religion in the state or civil society; differences is the expression of religious conflict; differences in the conceptualization and treatment of prominent church-state issues today, such as participation of churches in politics, religious symbols/prayer in public places including schools, religious clothing in official institutions (the headscarf debates in Germany and France); the policies governing the expenditure of public funds by religious organizations. Original source materials from the early modern period as well as original court documents will be read and discussed.
Interreligious Intimacy: Expression in Literature and Cinema
In this course, students explore novels and films from various countries and eras that bring to life these joys and dilemmas. In contrast to courses in the literature or cinema studies departments, these works will be investigated less for their formal properties (lighting, metric style, for instance) and more for the presentation, understanding, and lack of understanding of inter-religious intimacy. Works studied will range from Daniel Deronda (George Eliot, 1876) to Die Fremde (Feo Aladag, 2010), from Portnoy’s Complaint (1969, Philip Roth) to My Beautiful Laundrette (1985, directed by Stephen Frears, screenplay by Hanif Kureishi) and from the more recent novels (by Amy Tan or others) about relations between East-Asians and partners of non-Asian ethnicities and religions.
At the Movies: Fundamental questions of faith in cinema
In 2016 – with Prof. Wilhelm Graeb, Humboldt University, Theology Faculty
In 2012 — with Rabbi Prof. Tsvi Blanchard, Fordham Law School (US); guest professor in the Law Faculty at Humboldt University
This course looks at a selection of films that raises such key religious questions as: faith and doubt, theodicy, ethics, relationship to the divine and to one’s neighbor. Cinema is used as a window to the religious assumptions, values, and paradoxes of the cultures from which the films emerge. Students view and discuss the films, and research them for presentations to the class. Films include: The Last Days of Sophie Scholl, dir. Marc Rothemund, 2005, German; Dancer in the Dark, dir. Lars von Trier, 2000, Danish; Die Ehe der Maria Braun, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979, German; The Separation, dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2011, Iran; The Draughtman’s Contract, dir. Peter Greenaway, 1982, UK; Matchpoint, dir. Woody Allen, 2005, US; Unforgiven, dir. Clint Eastwood, 1992, US.
From Europe to America: The Protestant Migration
This course explores the political, cultural, and socio-economic factors that affected the development of German Protestantism and compare them with the development of American Protestantism. The comparison reveals how religion interacts with its surrounding culture: on one hand, religion preserves its doctrinal foundations and on the other, changes through different eras and places. Special attention is given to core Protestant doctrines as they developed in the two countries; to church relations with the state, civil society, and public education; and to the interaction between religious doctrine, civil religion, and public/secular morality. Students will explore how the changing/unchanging nature of religion affects their thinking as pastors, teachers, and scholars.
The Arts as Resource: Biblical and rabbinic stories fuer Predigt und Pedagogik
With Rabbi Prof. Tsvi Blanchard, Fordham Law School (US); guest professor in the Law Faculty at Humboldt University
In this course, students read biblical and rabbinic stories through interpretive techniques from the arts to get “inside” the theological and ethical dilemmas they pose and the questions facing the characters. These will then be applied to present-day circumstances—an approach which contains a scholarly, theoretical aspect and a practical one.
Seminar on Religion and Culture at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin This seminar was convened by Fellows at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
(WIKO) whose areas of scholarship pertain to theology, religious studies, sociology/anthropology of religion, and the like. The seminar met weekly, with presentations by each scholar followed by discussion. Prof. Pally presented on “Calvinism: From Europe to America,” a look at the development of Reformed Protestantism under the conditions of American settlement and at the shifts in doctrine and practice prodded by the American environment.
Prof. Pally presented a version of this talk at an academic conference on June 21-22, 2007 organized by this seminar.
Seminar on Religion, Politics, and Money in the US (Graduate) University of Zurich (2005)
This seminar advances the work done at the bloc seminar in 2004, adding a special focus on the use of American money in US politics at home and abroad. It again looks at key undergirding facets of American culture as they emerged from America’s core experiences (see below). Source materials in American foundational documents and foreign policy as well as secondary material and reporting on US government and military expenditures are read and discussed.
Seminar on Religion and Politics in the US, University of Zurich (2004)
This seminar looks at key undergirding facets of American culture as they emerged from America’s core experiences with British liberalism, multi-faithed immigration, frontier settlement, Protestantism (especially the Reformed influence), among others. Source materials in American foundational documents and foreign policy as well as secondary material are read and discussed. The aim is to link the undergirding experiences to US domestic and foreign policy in the twentieth century and today. The seminar attempts to answer: as productive US policies emerge from the same root cultural experiences and concepts as unproductive policies, is it possible to rid ourselves of the unproductive without uprooting the productive as well?
The following were developed with special focus on international university students
* The U.S. Supreme Court: Its decisions and how they changed America and the world:
* Preparation for Legal Writing for Prospective Law Students and LLMs
* Introduction to American Social Science: Assumptions and Contradictions in the American Mentality
* US Government, Politics, and Elections
* Individual Freedom and Social Order
* American Society and its Cinema
Ed.D., New York University, 1995, Dissertation supervised by Dr. Miriam Eisenstein-Ebsworth 12/2018